Adding Nutritional Information to Your Online Ordering Menu

Certain restaurants may now be required to show calorie counts and other nutritional information on menus.  If you need to enable nutritional information, follow the instructions below.

Note

Open Dining does not provide legal advice, and any/all guidance should be treated only as recommendations.  Consult your advisors or legal counsel to determine your menu requirements, based on your specific situation.

Video Walkthrough

We've created a brief video to walk you through the process of enabling and configuring calories.

Enabling Nutritional Information

  1. From the top navigation menu, select Settings, then Menu/Checkout Settings
  2. Ensure that the Enable Calorie Display checkbox is checked
  3. Select one of the following options:
    1. To link to a page or file on your web site, enter the URL in the Nutritional Information Link field
    2. If you have a PDF file, use the Upload Nutritional Information PDF field to upload it. The file must be in PDF format
    3. To enter the nutritional information into the Open Dining system manually, check the Enter Nutritional Information Manually checkbox
  4. Click the Save Settings button to save your settings

Entering Nutritional Information

If you've opted to enter nutritional information manually, use the following steps to enter the info.

  1. From the top navigation menu, select Menu
  2. On the left-hand column, click the button labeled Nutritional Information
  3. For each item, enter the appropriate nutritional values. These must be whole numbers only, like "300"
  4. Click the Save Nutritional Information button to save your settings

Need More Flexibility?

The guidelines for nutritional information vary widely across situations. If you need more flexibility than our standard nutritional information entry, we recommend using a document editor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs to create a PDF, and uploading the PDF to the Open Dining system.

Calorie Counts

You may also need to provide calorie counts on your menu. For details on setting that up, please see  the following article.

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